Favorite balaclava (sub 1.5 oz)
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David Poston
(dgposton) - F

Locale: Texas / Colorado
Favorite balaclava (sub 1.5 oz) on 07/04/2013 11:21:37 MDT Print View

I have a Mountain Hardwear (powerstretch?) balaclava that weighs in around 1.4 oz. I'm happy with the weight, but I'm looking for something a bit more comfortable. It doesn't pull down too well over my chin. It works great when I let it sit on my nose, but there just isn't enough stretchiness/room. Thoughts?

Tony Ronco
(tr-browsing) - MLife
RE: Balaclava (sub 1.5 oz) on 07/04/2013 12:27:16 MDT Print View

I really like the Patagonia Capilene 4 Balaclava (HE). It's a great piece for me.
1.2 oz, compacts down very small, nicely warm, stretchy, and very breathable
(It is made from Polartec Power Dry - the High Efficiency version)

For my head shape, it easily & comfortably pulls down below the chin. YMMV.

Be aware that it is not intended to offer wind protection - for wind protection, you'll need to use it in conjunction with your shell's hood ... that is, if you expect your balaclava to offer good wind protection as a stand alone piece.

Edited by tr-browsing on 07/04/2013 12:36:30 MDT.

Matthew Black
(mtblack)
Re: Favorite balaclava (sub 1.5 oz) on 07/04/2013 13:16:26 MDT Print View

Wickers.com has some nice stuff. My large mid-weight balaclava is 1.4oz and very comfortable.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Favorite balaclava (sub 1.5 oz) on 07/04/2013 21:09:43 MDT Print View

OR makes several good balaclavas; I have the Ninjaclava.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
All balaclavas are too tight! on 07/05/2013 12:49:03 MDT Print View

I can't do balaclavas. Feels like suffocating no matter what brand, honestly. I use a merino wool bandanna and an OR Windstopper Peruvian Hat. Good system, since it covers my neck too. Don't think it's more than 2.5oz.

YMMV